Man arrested for 2nd degree battery, criminal damage to property

BERWICK, La. -- A 25-year-old Berwick man was arrested Monday for committing a battery on a woman after a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrested him on the warrant while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle, according to St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert.

Sean Landry, 25, of Fifth Street in Berwick, was arrested at 12:23 p.m. Monday on a warrant for second degree battery and criminal damage to property. A deputy located Landry at his residence on the warrant. The warrant stems from an investigation into a report of a suspicious vehicle on La. 182 in Morgan City. Upon arrival, the deputy located a male and a female. Upon seeing the deputy, the male, later identified as Landry, fled on foot, Hebert stated. During the investigation, the deputy determined that Landry committed a battery upon the female. Landry was taken to the parish jail and held. No bail is set.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported the following arrests:

—Kevin M. Verret Jr., 33, of Arlington Street in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 2:55 p.m. Monday for resisting an officer and on a warrant for aggravated assault. While stopped at the Bayou Vista Truck Plaza on U.S. 90, a deputy observed Verret walking out of the store. The deputy knew Verret was wanted on a warrant. Upon making contact with Verret, the man ran from the deputy, Hebert stated. The deputy gave chase, apprehending Verret in the parking lot of the truck stop. Verret was taken to the parish jail and held. No bail is set.

—Herbert Brown, of Seventy Nine Pines Lane in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 7:48 a.m. Monday on a warrant for battery on a police officer, resisting an officer and criminal trespass. He is also charged on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of disobeying a traffic light. A deputy located Brown at his residence on the warrants. The first warrant listed above stems from an investigation into a complaint of a suspicious person on Seventy Nine Pines Lane. The deputy learned that the complainant, identified as Brown, held an active warrant for his arrest. Upon being advised of the warrant, Brown struck the deputy and fled on foot, Hebert stated. Brown was taken to the parish jail and held. He was released on $4,319.50 bail.

—A male, 16, of Patterson, was arrested at 2:25 p.m. Monday for theft of goods. A deputy responded to a report of shoplifting at Walmart in Bayou Vista. Upon arrival, the deputy learned from store security that the juvenile was observed taking items out of the packaging and placing the items in his pocket. He was released to a guardian pending juvenile court proceedings.

—Jeremie Norwood Hanks, 35, of Laurel Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:22 p.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear for drug court and failure to comply with the terms and conditions of drug court. A deputy driving in Patterson observed Hanks walking down Main Street. The deputy knew that Hanks was wanted on the warrant and conducted a stop. Hanks was taken to the parish jail and held. Bail is set at $100,000.

—Tonisha Finister, 23, of Friendship Alley in Amelia, was arrested at 8:16 p.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charges of operating a vehicle without proper equipment, operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, and no child safety restraint. During a traffic stop on La. 182 Frontage Road in Amelia, a deputy made contact with Finister. During the stop, the deputy learned that Finister was wanted on the above listed warrant. She was taken to the parish jail and held. Bail is set at $339.50.

Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch reported the following arrests:

—Alonzo Henry, 18, of Williams Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10:08 a.m. Monday on a warrant for a probation violation. Henry turned himself in to Morgan City Police Department on the warrant. Henry was released on $1,000 bail.

—Daniel Herrera, 20, of West Side Park in Amelia, was arrested at 2:58 p.m. Monday for reckless operation of a vehicle and possession of alcoholic beverages in public. Officers were dispatched to Lake End Park in reference to a person driving recklessly and urinating in public. Officers arrived and spoke with the complainant and witnesses, who pointed out a pickup truck that had been speeding through the park, spinning its tires causing rocks to fly and slamming on brakes causing the truck to slide. Witnesses also pointed out a subject from the truck that exited the vehicle and urinated next to a tree. Officers made contact with the driver of the truck and his passenger, advised them of their rights and questioned them. During questioning, officers observed opened cans of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle in plain view, Crouch stated. Bail is set at $1,181. Herrera’s passenger, Marco Rayes-Ortiz, was also arrested.

Rayes-Ortiz, 17, of Halsey Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:58 a.m. Monday for possession of alcoholic beverages and urinating in public. According to the complainant and witnesses, once the vehicle came to a stop in the tent area, Rayes-Ortiz exited the vehicle and urinated near a tree in the front of women and children. In plain view in the vehicle in which he was a passenger, officers observed opened containers of alcoholic beverages, Crouch stated. Rayes-Ortiz was taken to the police department where he remains on $1,384 bail.

—Nicholas Peter Ratcliff, 31, of Vista Village Lane in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 4:43 p.m. Monday for possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle and urinating in public. Officers were dispatched to the area of the fisherman’s wharf on Front Street in reference to a person urinating in public. Officers arrived and made contact with Ratcliff, who was found seated inside a vehicle consuming alcoholic beverages. Ratcliff told officers that he urinated on the ground before they arrived. Ratcliff taken to the police department and was released on $1,384 bail.

—Willie Brian Veal Jr., 24, of Joseph Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 12:13 a.m. Friday for appearing in an intoxicated condition and resisting an officer. Officers responded to the call of a fight outside a nightclub on Clothilde Street. Officers arrived to find several people standing outside, but no one fighting, Crouch stated. Officers observed Veal walking around talking very loudly, Crouch stated. Employees at the nightclub identified Veal as being the person causing the disturbance police were called for, and wanted him removed from the property. Officers made contact with Veal and noticed an odor of alcohol about his person, and his breath, Crouch stated. Veal was uncooperative with officers, and refused to leave the property, Crouch stated. When officers attempted to reason with Veal, he became aggressive towards the officers, and had to be physically restrained, Crouch stated. After being placed under arrest, he had to be physically placed into the patrol unit for transport to the police department where he was booked. Veal was released on $784 bail.

—Shatoya Loraine Charles, 25, of Canary Street in Morgan City, and Patricia Ann Jones, 38, of Mallard Street in Morgan City, were arrested at 6:34 a.m. for disturbing the peace by fighting. The police department received a 911 call in reference to a disturbance. Officers arrived at a residence on Mallard Street where a child was attempting to get officers’ attention. Officers could hear yelling coming from the residence. Officers entered to find two females on the floor fighting, and officers separated the two women. Both women were taken to jail and released on $492 bail.

—Douglas Wayne Gray, 51, of Solar Apartments in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:47 p.m. Friday for manufacturing/distribution/possession of schedule I drug, possession marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers were dispatched to Solar Apartments in reference to a complaint of a person using narcotics. Upon arrival, officers encountered Gray and questioned him regarding the complaint. He repeatedly attempted to reach into his pants pocket as he spoke to officers, Crouch stated. An officer conducted a pat down on him. During the pat down, an officer located at plastic bag containing a green vegetable matter believed to be marijuana, Crouch stated. He was placed under arrest. An officer then searched Gray and located a hypodermic needle in his pant pocket, Crouch stated. He was taken to the police department. No bail amount indicated Gray is still being held.

—Joshua Haywood, 29, of Franklin Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 1:30 a.m. Saturday for hit and run driving. Officers responded to a call of a vehicle crash on Franklin Street. The complainant advised that the offending driver had struck a vehicle, and left his own vehicle in the street and fled the scene. Officers located Haywood at his residence. Haywood’s vehicle was towed off the road. He was escorted back to the scene and taken to the police department and released on $700 bail.

—Angela Marie Dewey, 26 of Aucoin Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:41 p.m. Saturday on a warrant for failure to appear to pay a fine for expired vehicle inspection. Officers responded to a complaint on Aucoin Street where they were asked to stand by while a person removed belongings from that address. Officers checked local warrants on all parties, and discovered that Dewey had an outstanding warrant for her arrest, Crouch stated. She was taken to the police department and released on $215 bail.

—Ashton Michael Allen, 21, of Erlich Street in Berwick, was arrested at 1:48 a.m. Sunday for simple battery. Officers responded to the lounge at the Holiday Inn in reference to a person hitting the security guard there. A second call of a large fight in the parking lot was received as officers were en route. Upon arrival, officers were directed to a light colored pickup truck that was attempting to leave the area. Officers were told that the subject who had committed the battery on the security guard was inside the vehicle. Officers detained Allen and obtained statements from the victim and witnesses, then took him to the police department. Bail is set at $692. It is unknown if Allen posted bail.

Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.

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